When it comes to remaking a tale as old as time, it’s best not to mess with the original formula — just ask Walt Disney Pictures. It took less than 24 hours for the gorgeous live-action Beauty and the Beast trailer to smash viewing records and even less time for eagle-eyed fans to notice the similarities between it and its animated predecessor. This side-by-side video, courtesy of Movie Pilot, demonstrates how the trailers for the 1991 animated classic and the live-action remake starring Emma Watson … read more

Belle was a revolutionary heroine for Disney in Beauty and the Beast. A bookworm with brown eyes and messy brown hair — a first for Disney — Belle was a normal girl from a quiet village who wanted nothing more than adventure, a life that she could call her own. She was fiercely independent (another first) and openly chafed at the idea of domesticity. Belle became the archetype for the modern Disney heroine, and in the studio’s forthcoming live-action version of the animated classic, she’s even … read more

We’ve seen the record-breaking teaser trailer and the leaked images, but finally, we have our first official look at Emma Watson’s Belle and Dan Stevens’s Beast in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Entertainment Weekly’s latest cover features Belle and Beast waltzing around the castle’s opulent ballroom — Watson, in Belle’s beloved yellow gown, and Stevens, all dressed up in the Beast’s fancy blue tux. It’s an iconic image ripped right from the animated classic. Honestly, it’s spot-on. … read more

She’s got rhythm: Actress Gemma Sutton 
Strictly speaking, Gemma Sutton has got rhythm.
The actress, currently appearing with legendary Michael Crawford in The Go-Between in the West End, has been cast in Strictly Ballroom, the stage musical version of Baz Luhrmann’s breakthrough 1992 movie — a love letter to pairs dancing years before the Strictly Come Dancing craze caught fire.
Cheshire-born Gemma will play Fran, the young woman who links up with Scott, the story’s quiet hero. 
He will … read more

It’s a tale as old as time, which is why Disney is telling it again more than 25 years later. The first teaser trailer for the live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast was unveiled on Good Morning America Monday morning, nine months after the first footage of Emma Watson in that iconic golden dress was previewed during the annual D23 Expo last summer. While the teaser doesn’t include a glimpse of Watson’s Belle of the ball, it does give us our first official … read more

Fun film fact: Since the first Academy Award ceremony in 1929, more than 300 British citizens have been awarded an Oscar in acting, music and technical categories. (The U.S. holds the title for most produced Oscar winners). And to celebrate the enormous filmmaking contributions by U.K. artists, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla hosted an exclusive royal reception for 131 British Oscar winners from the past 45 years inside the Picture Gallery at St. James’s Palace on Wednesday. Among the Hollywood … read more

Two years ago, right as “Like a Prayer” was turning 25, we ranked the 68 singles Madonna has released since her 1982 debut. Since then, “Rebel Heart” — the singer’s 13th studio album — brought that total to 71, while another headline-grabbing world tour extended the shelf life of some of Madonna’s classics. Now it’s time to update our rankings.
In instances where the Rebel Heart Tour prompted us to reevaluate certain songs, we’ve noted significant changes that depart from the previous list and … read more

She’s been keeping herself busy since recently announcing her split from on/off beau David Gandy.
And Mollie King, 28, showed no signs of heartbreak on Thursday night when she turned out to support Save the Children’s A Night of Motown gala at the Roundhouse in Camden.
The singer cut a sophisticated figure in an all-black ensemble which revealed her taut tum. The style queen rocked a smart blazer with the sleeves rolled up for a more casual look, worn over a crop top which exposed her tanned midriff.
She … read more

She helped raise a staggering £1.41million for Save The Children UK last year.
And Helena Bonham Carter was doing her bit for the charity once again as she helped host the charity’s star-studded Night Of Motown gala at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday evening.
The 49-year-old actress went all out for the occasion, stepping back in time to embrace the 60s theme in a vintage frock and curly hairdo. Helena was the belle of the ball in her quirky, graphic print dress, featuring an asymmetric neckline … read more

A very royal double act took to the stage of a famous old venue on Thursday. Prince Charles, 67, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 68, hit the stage at Wilton’s Music Hall in London’s East End – to re-open the restored Victorian gem, thought to be the world’s oldest grand music hall. Charles, who first visited the magical place in 2006 and is a great supporter of preserving traditional and historic buildings, told guests he was “a sucker for these sorts of projects.” The prince, who became patron … read more

John Travolta and Barry Gibb have paid tribute to Robert Stigwood. The longtime manager of the Bee Gees and Eric Clapton died at 81, it was announced Monday. Travolta, who starred in Stigwood’s productions Saturday Night Fever and Grease, expressed his condolences telling PEOPLE, “Robert changed the world and only for the better and he was certainly important to my career. His legacy lives on and he will forever be remembered.” The Australian-born producer’s death was announced by his godson and … read more

The lyrics of “Bohemian Rhapsody” may have included Freddie Mercury’s coming out.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, lyricist Tim Rice, who worked with Mercury on the album “Barcelona,” opened up about the theory that the lyrics of the 1975 song allude to Mercury’s sexuality.
“In the line ‘Mama, I just killed a man’ he’s killed the old Freddie, his former image,” Rice told the Daily Mail. “With ‘Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead,’ he’s dead, the straight person … read more

Rachel Weisz wouldn’t mind playing a spy who is invincible, yet lonely, despite a ‘large sexual appetite’.
The Oscar-winning actress, who knows all about screen spies – she’s married to Bond star Daniel Craig, after all – sips water and asks why this character shouldn’t be sexually vociferous ‘just because she’s a woman’?
Would she have a cocktail of choice, I wonder? ‘I actually really like vodka Martinis,’ says Rachel, with a twinkle. But in the case of her hypothetical spy, the … read more

The cast of “Aladdin” reunited on “Good Morning America” this morning (Oct. 9) to celebrate the Blu-ray release of the 1992 classic film from the treacherous Disney vault on Oct. 12. And it’s not a celebration until someone starts singing “A Whole New World.” Lucky for us, those someones were Brad Kane and Lea Salonga, the original singing voices of Aladdin and Jasmine. You can watch the video here. This is the first time Kane and Salonga have sung the iconic Disney love song together … read more

ANAHEIM, California — Emma Watson is the belle of the ball in Walt Disney Studios’ “Beauty and the Beast.” Disney fans were treated to a stunning first look at the new musical live action movie at Disney’s D23 fan celebration on Saturday (August 15). The “Harry Potter” star made her official debut as the bookish Disney Princess when the studio debuted the first look at the film in their official sizzle reel. We watched as Belle waltzes onto the screen in her iconic yellow gown, down … read more